Best Picture – Parasite:
Recipient of the Palme d’Or, the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival, and bagging multiple awards at other huge events, Parasite is a remarkable film that makes modern movie-going such a joy. It is a comedy without clowns, a tragedy without villains.
Parasite is best described as a melancholy ghost story, disguised beneath many layers of superbly designed generic mutations. The harmonic resonance of Bong and co-writer Han Jin-Won’s multi-tonal script is a tragicomic masterclass that will lure you into a new wave of the cinema experience.
It is also the first foreign film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Best Director – Bong Joon-ho:
Bong Joon-ho is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. He garnered international acclaim for his second feature film, the crime drama Memories of Murder (2003), before achieving commercial success with his subsequent films, the black comedy monster movie The Host (2006) and the sci-fi action Snowpiercer (2013).
He became the first Korean director to win the Palme d’Or.
Best Actor – Joaquin Phoenix:
This is the third nomination and first win for Joaquin Phoenix. Phoenix picked up the award for best actor, becoming the second performer to win an Oscar for playing the comic book villain (the first being Heath Ledger in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight”).
Joaquin Phoenix’s mesmerizingly physical portrayal of a man who has been reduced to a skeletal state a diet of nicotine and pain, Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck is a tragicomic nightmare, a sign-twirling clown who suffers from a medical condition that turns his internal screams into cackling laughter.
Best Supporting Actor – Brad Pitt:
Brad Pitt won his first Oscar for acting picking up the statue for his performance in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood” as Cliff Booth, stuntman, best friend, hired driver, handyman, dog lover, war hero, and possible wife murderer.
He previously won an Academy Award as a producer on the 2013 best picture winner “12 Years a Slave”. Pitt has also been nominated as an actor 3 other times and as a producer 2 other times.
Best Actress – Renée Zellweger:
This is the fourth nomination and second win for Renée Zellweger.
Best Supporting Actress – Laura Dern:
Laura Dern, whose Hollywood career has spanned more than four decades, won her first Oscar for her portrayal of a ruthless divorce lawyer in the domestic drama “Marriage Story.”
She has widely been considered a frontrunner in this category after winning both a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award last month for her performance.
In “Marriage Story,” Dern’s character, attorney Nora Fanshaw, fights on behalf of co-star Scarlett Johansson for custody of her son in her divorce from her husband, played by Adam Driver.
Best Documentary Feature – American Factory:
Netflix’s “American Factory” comes from Higher Ground, the production company of the former president and his wife Michelle Obama. It tells the story of a Chinese company occupying a shuttered General Motors plant in Moraine, Ohio.
Best Animated Feature – Toy Story 4:
The fourth installment of the franchise has garnered positive reviews from critics as well as the members of the Academy with its performance.
Best Adapted Screenplay – Taika Waititi:
The Jojo Rabbit filmmaker and star won an Oscar for adapted screenplay on Sunday night, the first Academy Award of his career and the first time an indigenous person has ever been given the honor in either screenwriting category as Waititi is of both Maori and Jewish descent.
Best Original Screenplay – Parasite.
Best Foreign Language Film – Parasite
Best Original Score – Joker
Best Documentary Short – Learning To Skate In A Warzone (If You’re A Girl)
Best Live Action Short – The Neighbours’ Window
Best Animated Short – Hair Love
Best Original Song – (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman
Best Sound Editing – Ford v Ferrari
Best Sound Mixing – 1917
Best Production Design – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Best Cinematography – 1917
Best Makeup and Hair – Bombshell
Best Costume Design – Little Women
Best Film Editing – Ford v Ferrari
Best Visual Effects – 1917